Mid-February Craziness.

Bam! A Dollar For Your Thoughts. C’mon Matt. Not News. Great Business Model. Weed. Update Venezuela.

#Armageddon – I thought this was a movie from long ago. Not. NASA and other space agencies are now reporting that on April 3, less than two months from now, there is a very remote chance of an asteroid striking earth. It has happened many times but not anywhere close to what scientists have now calculated. It seems that Asteroid #MV67 is as tall as the Eiffel Tower and weighs 222,000,000 tons. Its speed, once it passes through Earth’s atmosphere, will increase to 39,000 mph. It’s impact could mimic an explosion equal to 7,900 million tons of TNT. Can someone please reply with what that means in terms of the impact on earth?

People in dire straits. Not just in Sub-Sahara Africa, but in areas of the United States, South America and Japan, where the nuclear plant meltdown due to a tsunami has left a city looking like a vast wasteland. Money is not the fix to all human strife, but millions of dollars allocated the right way can go a long way in helping people in need. Speaking of millions of dollars, Japan is hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. Good for their pride and maybe their economy, though we all know that in too many instances once the Games are completed, some host cities are left with a lot of unusable infrastructure. The Olympic Games were once the epitome of sports competition but like other large events, the commercialization of the Games is in my opinion out of control. Here is one example: The Japanese Olympic Committee has reported that $117 million will be spent on the Olympics…..not the competition but just on the opening and closing ceremonies. Wrong in so many ways. #JapanOlympics

Matt Kuchar – you may be right and you may be wrong. Unfortunately, your caddie thinks you are wrong. The backstory: Kuchar won a golf tournament in December with winnings north of $1M. The average cut to a caddie is somewhere between 5 and 10% but Kuchar ‘cut a deal’ with the caddie to take $5,000 for the week. Obviously, the caddie thought that the deal he accepted was unacceptable so he took to social media to publicize his displeasure with Kuchar’s tip. Matt Kuchar is now enrolled in Public Relations 101 at his nearby community college.

With all the news of recent, some good and not so good, many media outlets have made Brad Pitt’s apology to Jennifer Anniston news. No, this is not news and why would anyone care that Pitt supposedly apologized to Anniston for the way he handled their divorce? If this is news of interest to you please see your counselor of choice.

Ahead of their expected initial public offering, Uber reported $3B in 4th quarter 2018 revenue – with a net loss of $865M for the same quarter. Yes, an $865M loss on $3B in revenue. Nice business model.

The marijuana business is booming. Not specifically the cannabis, but the vast service suppliers such as real estate investment trust Innovative Industrial Properties. As a benchmark the S&P 500 returned 8% in January, with Innovative Industrial Properties hitting a month-end return above 36%. Who would have thought that weed could be our next booming industry?

As I mentioned last week, Venezuela is in deep sorrow. This week, the United States has sent an additional 200 tons of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia. With their esteemed dictator not allowing the aid to reach the people of his country, civilian-led assistance is leading the way to get this food and medical supplies to the needy. So the leader of the country prohibits the aid to reach his people – are there not ramifications to that type of disgusting behavior? #NicolasMaduro

Daylight Savings Time: Three weeks and counting.

Adios and Have a Funday Sunday!

Hair Bowl II. Paradise Lost. A League Of Its Own. RIP.

Hairy. Riches to Rags…Literally. Professional Football?  Heartfelt Condolences.

The men of hair face off again at the end of this month in Vietnam. Yes, promoters have put together Hair Bowl II, pitting North Korea’s Kim Jung-un and Donald Trump from the United States. At this posting I am not sure what it will cost to watch this pay-per-view event. Enough said.

Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America with diverse natural attractions. Along its Caribbean coast are tropical resort islands including Isla de Margarita and the Los Roques archipelago. To the northwest are the Andes Mountains and the colonial town of Mérida, a base for visiting Sierra Nevada National Park. It’s Canaima National Park has #AngelFalls, the world’s highest waterfall at 3,212 ft. At one time, #Venezuela was a major producer of oil and was the world’s 4th wealthiest nation per capita. It sounds like paradise but in sad reality, it is just the opposite. There are many factors that have led to the decline of Venezuela with the lack of leadership leading the way. The greediness and corruption instigated by Venezuela’s so-called dictators, along with a steep drop in oil prices, has put this country of 32 million in a dangerous economic crisis. The hard cold facts of desperation are fueled by hyper-inflation, the lack of food, and a healthcare system that may be less effective than most third-world countries. Thousands of Venezuelans are desperate, trying to feed their families and basically holding on by a thin thread. There are serious political dynamics happening in real time, and there might be a slight light at the end of the tunnel. I will leave you with this thought: people of Venezuela refer to the food shortage as the Maduro diet, named after their current dictator, as millions are starving due to his so-called leadership of the once prosperous country. In recent weeks, Maduro has gone so far as to block humanitarian aid from entering his country. Many feel that Maduro’s regime is doomed, but that was also said of Syria’s Assad. A terrible situation to say the least.

The Super Bowl – last Sunday night; bad football game; mostly lame commercials costing $5M for a 30-second spot; Tom Brady and Bill Belichick win it again. Then, six days later, a new football league kicked off it’s inaugural season. Yep, a new football league – like the single A of professional baseball. No and no thanks.

The Major League Soccer season kicks off in less than a month and all MLS teams are wheeling and dealing to get the rosters set for the 2019 season. It seems that Orlando City, after some tough times, have put the time and money in to improve their product on the field. Many of the players from last year are gone and OCSC looks to be creating a very sold player pool. As I have mentioned many times, OCSC’s fan experience is great, with downtown Orlando as a gathering point followed by a short walk to a great soccer-specific stadium. Their home opener is March 2 – wishing Orlando City a competitive and successful season !

To Alisa, Brandi, and Jason – your husband and father, even in the tough times battling cancer, always had a smile on his face with such a positive attitude. He loved you guys and was always willing to help others. RIP Jeff Unger.

Adios and Have a Funday Sunday!

Agencies On Notice. They Will Never Learn. Buy Low, Sell High. 4 Tons Of Fun.

S$5 Million For 30 Seconds. It Is A Mammal.  The Model Does Work.  Watch the Video.

A bit over $5 million for a 30-second spot. That is the going rate for what many feel are their favorite part of watching the Super Bowl – the commercials. Lets hope that the creative content of these $5M ad spots makes us laugh, delivers a solid message, and keeps us engaged.

Many years ago as a youngster growing up in Miami, I remember a criminal case that at first I did not understand. The Coast Guard, on routine patrol in Biscayne Bay, spotted a fisherman shooting into the water. The Coast Guard closed in and the fishing boat attempted to escape, obviously to no avail. Upon boarding the vessel, the Coast Guard arrested the captain and charged him with killing two dolphins, illegal then and illegal to this day. I was told by friends that killing dolphins was a trophy kill for many fishermen, able to sell them on the “black” market. Unfortunately for this fisherman, or maybe fortunately, he was arraigned on killing a endangered specie – and then faced a Miami circuit court judge who many criminals in Miami feared. I don’t recall his name, but I do remember the judge looked old, acted old, but was known for being the ‘iron fist’ of sentencing. The judge sentenced the fisherman to fifteen years, with no opportunity for parole. The courtroom was shocked until the judge explained his sentence: all fishermen were warned for many years, previous fines and prison sentences had been handed down to others for killing dolphins, and then his statement that hammered home his anger: Dolphins are mammals…they breathe air using lungs, not gills, and they bear live young. He continued that baby dolphins drink milk and have hair, and as a protected specie, and a mammal, he told the fisherman that he was lucky not to be sentenced under the guidelines of pre-meditated murder. Obviously the media had a field day with this ruling and some of the public was outraged. I don’t remember if the sentencing was reduced on appeal, but I do remember that the harassing and killing of dolphins in Biscayne Bay came to a full stop. Unfortunately, some people never learn. Recently, a Texas court sentenced two brothers charged with the killing of a bottle nose dolphin, found dead from a hunting arrow wound near the Louisiana border in the Gulf of Mexico. The perpetrators, who were found guilty to the killing incident in February of last year, were sentenced to two years in federal prison and a $50,000 fine. Similar to the elephant seal moron, you can’t fix stupid.

Not many people outside of South America had ever heard of Miguel Almiron. Pundits were a bit surprised when Atlanta United bought Almiron from Lanus in Argentina for a reportedly $8M. Almiron, under the guidance of manager Gerardo Martino (Tata), went on to be one of the top players in Major League Soccer during his two-year stint in Atlanta. Almiron’s pace, technical ability, and incredible work rate gained notice from many European clubs. Earlier this week, Newcastle United bought Almiron for $27M, yielding a return on investment of 2.5x (not 3x as some of the allocations go to the MLS, etc.) Once again, the magical and hard working staff of Atlanta United, under the tutelage of owner Arthur Blank, have set a massive precedent for Major League Soccer. Kudos to Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra, who not only positioned the sale of Almiron, but convinced the South American Player of the Year, Pity Martinez, to sign with the Club to help fill the void of Almiron’s departure. Atlanta United has a massive task at hand after being crowned MLS champions in their second year, but you can only think that their opponents will again frown upon having to deal with Josef Martinez, Tito Villalba, Ezequiel Barco, and the new acquisition, Pity Martinez.

La La land. California beach goers , especially one individual, have voiced there concerns and displeasure with having to give up one of “their” beaches. While seals can be found on many California beaches, the temporary government shutdown opened the door for hundreds of seals, including elephant seals, to take over a beach usually reserved for humans. With government workers on temporary sabbatical, there was no one to maintain this one beach usually inhabited by humans. So the seals, led by the massive elephant seals, decided to take over the beach to to displeasure of stupid humans. The stupid humans quickly forget that the coastline and the beaches are the habitat of many sea species, including thousands of seals. One individual protested by trying to make the seals leave the beach and go back into the water. Yes, park rangers quickly removed the man from the beach – for his own protection. Elephant seals can weigh four tons and reach a length of 20′. The man removed from the beach should be very thankful. See below.

Daylight savings time countdown: six weeks from today.

Adios and Have a Fun Superbowl Sunday!!!